The Town of Leesburg is a growing, vibrant community. With growth comes challenges. As a 41 year resident of Leesburg, the welfare and happiness of our community and the economic health of Leesburg are things I take seriously. Service as a town councilperson, Leesburg district supervisor, and the mayor has prepared me to deal effectively, openly, and responsibly with the challenges that arise.

Through public service, I have learned our government works best when citizens, like you, are involved, informed, and participate. Listening to residents, gathering their perspectives, and considering directions my fellow citizens wish to go is what my role is all about.

My vision as mayor is to positively affect the people and businesses of the Town of Leesburg, working collaboratively with you with visibility and accountability. It has been my honor to work with and get to know so many of you over the years. Your involvement and views on important matters have been valuable to me and integral to our community’s development. I thank you for your participation and civic commitment.

My devotion to Leesburg drives my desire to continue to represent and serve. Leesburg persevered well during the pandemic due to strong leadership and decisive decision-making. As a result, I feel I have a unique perspective on issues that have shaped our Town. We have accomplished a lot over the last few years, and there is more to be done to continue that momentum!

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I want to thank EVERYONE who emailed their support or opposition to the scooter debate. I really do want to thank each of you for reaching out to the council and sharing your opinion on the issue of the scooters. It was very effective. One council member who was in favor of them, stated last night that he could not ignore the over 80 emails in opposition to the scooters. We have gotten more since the meeting. However, let me explain the dilemma the council must deal with. We are constrained by the state. The state passed a law that says as a local government we cannot deny the scooter company access to the town, the town manager can only regulate them. So last night we suggested some strict guidelines and regulations and now the town manager must set those regulations. The council was adamant that we did not want scooters in Leesburg but if they had to come we wanted restrictions. I will continue to keep the public informed on this matter and again thank you for being willing to speak up. You are welcome to come to tonight meeting or any Tuesday meeting and state your concerns during the petitioners section of the agenda. ... See MoreSee Less
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Leesburg, VA (June 28, 2022) – There will be no trash, recycling, or yard waste collection in the Town of Leesburg on the Independence Day holiday, Monday, July 4.The revised holiday schedule for trash, recycling, and yard waste collection for residential customers is as follows:• Monday, July 4 – No collections• Tuesday, July 5 – NW and Town-wide yard waste collection• Wednesday, July 6 - NE, inside the Bypass• Thursday, July 7 – NE, outside the Bypass• Friday, July 8 – SW plus Meadowbrook• Saturday, July 9 – SE, except Meadowbrook ... See MoreSee Less
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This is a very serious post today. At tonight's town council work session, we will be discussing allowing scooters in downtown Leesburg. These are the scooters that people use and drop any where they want, they will have to be used on the downtown streets, and there is no safety component. Leesburg doesn't have bike lanes like other locations do, we don't have wide open sidewalks around the downtown, and we don't have great locations to dock these scooters. THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU THE RESIDENTS ON HOW YOU SEE THIS IDEA. You can go to the town website, and go to the government tab, takes you to agenda, pick tonight's agenda and you can read the staff report on this topic. Please email the council at with your pro or con opinions. We need to hear from you. I will be honest and admit I don't like the idea of scooters but I am willing to listen to others. Please share this with your friends and family so we hear from lots of different people on this topic. ... See MoreSee Less
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  • The Loudoun Museum Board of Trustees presented a hopeful future to Leesburg Town Council Monday night, earning council’s confidence to renew the downtown building’s lease. Council hosted a roundtable work session to discuss how the town could work with the museum once it reopens. “You can get to a point where a museum is good enough, and I think that Loudoun County wisely, in conjunction with the town, decided that what was good enough is not good enough anymore,” said … read more

  • The long walk to downtown Leesburg from public parking lots could become a quick golf cart ride. Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to initiate a staff study about how and where the town might allow golf carts on public streets. The move was inspired when a transportation business, Cartwheels, asked if it could start ferrying visitors downtown from the far-flung Liberty and Pennington lots. According to Mayor Kelly Burk, who saw some of the business’s proposal, the golf carts would be … read more